Editorial – One of the hazards of fixed election dates is that politicians have the capacity to begin campaigning well before the official writ period begins.We saw that in the Progressive Conservative party, when leader John Tory unveiled the party’s election platform at a convention earlier this month.
We are also seeing it in the Liberal party. Premier Dalton McGuinty is taking advantage of his decision to prorogue the legislature three weeks early to go on a cross-province tour promising bundles of cash for various projects.
This itinerary of whistlestops and stump speeches is being done on the backs of Ontario’s taxpayers.
A look at the last week’s spending announcements tells another tale. At a stop in Hamilton, with the knowledge that two incumbent Steel City Liberal MPPs wouldn’t be seeking re-election, McGuinty challenged city residents to come up with big projects for the province to pursue.For transit in the GTA and Hamilton, McGuinty promised $11.5 billion.
To encourage green automotive technologies, McGuinty promised $650 million.
In the home, a $150-million fund to offset the cost of renovations that make a house more energy efficient has been pledged.
Municipalities have been offered $220 million in loans and grants to help improve and retrofit buildings.
But none of these moneys will be made available until after the Oct. 10 election.